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Arthur Tudor KG KB (1486 - 1502)

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Prince Arthur "Prince of Wales, Duke of Cornwall" Tudor KG KB
Born in St. Swithin's Priory, Winchester, Hampshire, Englandmap
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Husband of — married in St. Paul's Cathedral, London, Englandmap
[children unknown]
Died in Ludlow Castle, Shropshire, Englandmap
Profile last modified | Created 12 Mar 2011
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Categories: House of Tudor | Dukes of Cornwall | Knights Companion of the Garter | Knights of the Bath | House of York.

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Titles of Sir Arthur Tudor: (Royal Ancestry)

Duke of Cornwall - received at birth
Prince of Wales and Earl of Chester 29 Nov. 1489
Governor and Warden of the East and Middle Marches towards Scotland 1490
Chief Guardian of England 1492

He died a few months after he married.

Death and burial of Arthur Tudor

(Royal Ancestry) Arthur, Prince of Wales, Duke of Cornwall, died at Ludlow Castle, Shropshire 2 April 1502, and was buried at Worcester Cathedral.

(Royal Tombs of Medieval England) Arthur married Katherine of Aragon on 14 November 1501. Less than six months later he died at Ludlow Castle on 2 April 1502, aged fifteen years old. There are several accounts of his funeral, which appear to derive from an original record made by an attendant herald, most likely Garter King of Arms, John Writhe (d.1504). Arthur's body was embalmed and 'chested' in a wooden coffin, apparently without the customary led inner coffin. On 23 April the coffin was censed by the Bishops of Lincoln, Salisbury and Chester, and taken to the church of St. Lawrence in Ludlow beneath a canopy of black cloth with a white cross of gold, led by a banner bearing the prince's arms and accompanied by eighty torchbearers and banners painted with images of the Trinity, the Passion, the Virgin and St. George. The coffin was installed in a hearse erected in the church choir for the 'Dirige'. The following day the Lady, Trinity and Requiem Mass were sung, followed by a donation to the poor. The coffin was reinstalled in its carriage for the journey to Worcester, drawn by six horses with black trappings. On 25 April the coffin was installed in the chapel of Arthur's residence of Tickenhall, Bewdley, where he had married Katherine of Aragon, by proxy, for the 'Dirige.' The following day a Requiem Mass was sung followed by a donation to the poor. The Prince's coffin arrived at Worcester on 27 April. The coffin was met at the gate of the abbey yard where it was censed by the bishops of Lincoln, Salisbury, Chester and Worcester, and carried into the abbey church and installed in a hearse erected before the high altar. Arthur's funeral took place the following day, beginning with the Lady Mass at 8 a.m. followed by the Trinity and Requiem Mass. Following a sermon and a reading from the gospel of St. John, the coffin was then lowered into a grave to the south of the high altar. Members of the royal family did not attend the burial, which may be explained by what was called a local outbreak of illness, possibly the plague. Arthur was interred immediately south of the Worcester high altar, with the most senior position, i.e. before the high altar, being already occupied by King John. No records survive for the commissioning of the prince's tomb and the chantry chapel enclosing it. Arthur's tomb comprises a Purbeck marble tomb-chest and stands within an elaborate chantry chapel entered from the Sanctuary.


  • Royal Ancestry D. Richardson 2013 Vol. V pp. 207-208
  • Royal Tombs of Medieval England M. Duffy 2003 pp. 266-271

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On 3 Apr 2015 at 01:50 GMT Robin (Felch) Wedertz wrote:

York-1254 and Tudor-69 appear to represent the same person because:

This was the first husband of Catherine of Aragon, and the two profiles indeed represent the same person. Please take a look at the site above for the facts of his short life, and complete this merge to help with the royal ancestry. Thank you for your time and effort.

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